Microsoft Get Serious About ‘The Apprentice’


Tonight’s episode of “The Apprentice” will feature Microsoft’s own Live Meeting product team, part of our Real Time Collaboration Group. As reported in the Seattle PI, Microsoft took this opportunity very seriously. Can I just say how proud I am when I hear about this kind of stuff? I’d be even prouder if the Microsoft employees involved recruited Randal and Alla right out from under The Donald’s nose. Oh, hmmm, maybe that’s my job.


But wait, there’s more (sorry, I can’t help it…I’m just feeling it). You can go to this website and get a free trial of Live Meeting, join a Live Meeting with recently relieved “Apprentice” contestants, and view past Live Meetings with former contestants. There’s also a Live Meeting on December 9th, with The Donald and some of the other “Apprentice insiders” (I’d like to chat with some of those producers that have been toying with me, wouldn’t you?). And there will be a Live Meeting on December 16th with The Donald and the newly hired Apprentice. You should tune in. You know you want to.


And as if that wasn’t enough, my team is currently working on a project to recruit top-notch marketers to the RTC team (no contest, no board room, I promise…if there’s a board room here, I don’t know where it is). Here’s a link to a listing of some of the open positions and you should absolutely feel free to contact me directly with your resume or bio if you would like to be considered.


I’ll also be featuring a blog interview with Zig Serafin, GM in the Real Time Collaboration Group in the near future. If there are any questions you would like me to ask Zig, feel free to send them my way via comments or directly via e-mail.


I know, we are spoiling you…it’s the holiday season…you deserve it! ; )

Comments (6)

  1. HeatherLeigh says:

    Did anyone else notice that Randals’ final task seems to be about USC football. Clues: in the preview, see Randal greeting famous alum in SC hat and Donald says "Twice is difficult"…could he be talking about the NCAA Colege fotball 1A National Championship? I’m just trying to put the clues together. Did anyone else think the same?

    Hmm, I’m starting to feel like The Donald is following me around. Perhaps I am the new Apprentice and that’s the surprise ; )

  2. Brad says:

    I am so bummed I missed last nite’s episode! It sounds like it was high-drama

  3. What did you like about Alla? She seemed like a PITA to me, and I was glad when Trump canned her. There’s a fine line between "take charge" and "bossy bitch", and I think she spent too much time on the wrong side.

  4. HeatherLeigh says:

    Richard-notice that the blog post went up before the episode aired. I did like her before the episode because it appeared that there were several tasks her team would have lost without her leadership. And she’s obviously smart. In this past week’s episode, we got to see the trouble she had being led. I think as an entrepreneur, it’s OK not being led because you are the boss. But that kind of attitude won’t work in a corporate environment. At the very least, if yiou think you are being led by someone not as strong as you, slap a smile on your face and make it work.

    I don’t think I want to know what a PITA is. (Seriously)

  5. unpradeep says:

    PITA = Pain In … …

  6. Pradeep defined PITA (regardless of their height or stature, it has nothing to do with teapots).

    I agree 100% with your last sentence, but I don’t totally agree with the entrepreneur part. You may be the boss, but you are not an omniscient, omnipotent being. Sometimes true leadership is knowing when to follow, while still preventing things from falling apart (essentially slapping on that smile and making it work). Even though project managers have done such, no one’s ever (at least not that I’ve seen) brought that up in the boardroom. Presumably, the people working for you are sitting on seats you don’t or can’t occupy (that’s a reference to "Good to Great", which I got as Microsoft swag some time ago).